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Updated: November, 2020

Still recruiting throughout COVID‑19

About MDS

MDS is a graduate scheme with a difference. We do not try and mould our trainees to fit a specific company culture. Instead we give our trainees the opportunities to identify their best fit within the food and fresh produce industry, all whilst gaining qualifications certified by the management institute and being supported in their coaching and development by our experienced team.

MDS is a not-for-profit organisation that is committed to recruiting and developing the highest caliber graduates to become the future leaders of the food and fresh produce industry. We work in collaboration with over 50 member companies that encompass the whole of the fresh produce supply chain. By exposing our trainees to a variety of roles in a variety of different companies we help them find their best fit and fast track their career. We give our trainees the opportunity to make a real difference during their secondments and work closely with our members to develop the graduates to their highest potential.

Since MDS was established in 1986 we have had over 400 graduates complete the scheme 100% of which were offered full time roles within 12 weeks of completion. Whilst this is not guaranteed MDS has an excellent track record of producing high quality leaders that are sought after within the industry.

We are looking for highly motivated, innovative, resourceful individuals who want a career that will allow them to make a real impact within the food and fresh produce industry. The food and fresh produce industry is vast and encompasses a wide variety of functions from growing to logistics, sales to research and development, marketing to HR and as such we will consider any degree discipline. We aim to identify the potential in our applicants and successful candidates will be supported and coached over the two years to become the future leaders of the food and fresh produce industry.

Work sectors

animals, plants and agriculture, engineering and manufacturing


East Midlands, East of England, London, North East England, North West England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South West England, Wales, West Midlands, Yorkshire and the Humber

Contact details

01733 667753
14 Papyrus Business Parc

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